Publicado: Fri, 21 Aug, 2015

The lesson of Obama

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Foto tomada de Internet Havana. Once and again the president of the United States, Mr. Barak Obama, demonstrates that he is a politician of the XXI century, and that it is not necessary to be a communist or to belong to some of the populist tendencies to break up with the most traditional and conservatives calendars and to join the demands of the masses without any political power.

The ascent to the White House of the Peace Nobel Prize also marked a landmark in the annals of the North American nation, particularly for the color of his skin, ethnic origin and the progressive speech that he used to capture most of the electorate.
Already in the last year of his term of office, he will leave without being able to complete some of his fundamental promises of the candidacy stage, like the closing of the jail in the Naval Base of Guantánamo and the absolute return of the American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nevertheless, and in spite of finding in the road the resistance of the natural opposition and of some figures of his own party in the concretion of these projects, he bequeaths the reformation carried out in the system of health, well-known as Obama Care, beneficiary of the population less favored segments; the migratory reformation that helped over five million illegal emigrants and, what constitutes his political main inheritance and maybe the most outstanding decision in the North American foreign policy in the last years: the beginning of politics’ changes with regard to the Cuba “topic”.

On last June the leader of the first world power, gave a new lesson of how to proceed when it is sought to work for a true democracy. Specifically, on the day two, he signed a new act that for the first time after September 11, limits the operative powers of the National Agency of Security -NSA for its initials in English – who will abandon the espionage programs in national territory.

The NSA had stayed in that position since the beginnings of the century, leading a massive system of surveillance never before seen in the humanity’s history. On behalf of the national security, it raked communications, watched over telephone calls, spent over 300 million dollars to influence in the technological designs of the big makers of teams of telecommunications, cracked encrypted communications and spied the conversations of international leaders of the size of the Prime minister of the United Kingdom James Cameron, the German chancellor Ángela Merkel and the Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff.

The event means the repeal of controversial Patriot Act, to open the way to the USA Freedom Act, and although in the practice it only changes the letter of a song that continues being played with the same score – the espionage outside the USA continues and if internally the regulations are observed-, in theory the law exists and it is quite eloquent as to the respect for the citizenship of that country.

Up to a great extent, the legislation change owes to the so-called “Snowden effect”, in allusion to the arisen derivations of the filtration of documents classified on the matter, carried out by the North American analyst Edward Snowden, today a refugee in Russia.

The publications of Snowden made visible the actions of the services of American intelligence that had full access to the servants of the companies of telecommunications. This way it could be proven that our digital security is as robust as the cloth of an onion.
Among the big of Silicom Valley that collaborated with the espionage we find AT&T .American Telephone and Telegraph -.
For the benefit of the world, the services of intelligence of the Cuban régime don’t have the same technological tools to scrutinize the international telecommunications, neither the economic power to buy the submission of the companies that control the servants in the cyberspace.

However, the espionage inside the island lives at full time. With the State as the only technological supplier for the telecommunications, the intelligence services enjoy all the facilities to interfere and to watch over the communications that are generated in the country or arrive from abroad.

It is not a coincidence that the Department of the Security of State .DSE- knows in advance many of the movements planned by the Creole opposition. It is also demonstrative, that they use the services of mobile telephony and of messaging Nauta to know the location of independent journalists and members of the dissident activism in general.

The monopolization of the virtual space allows to extract punctual information for the régime, and to control the contents that could be seen there- la majority of a journalistic nature-, where main opposing battle is being waged.

For such a reason the Cuban state declined the offer of the giant Google, which had offered in a gratuitous way, to connect to the island to the net of nets. They could not spy Google, according to the technological level of the telecommunications within the reach of the intelligence services.

Given the circumstances, it would be very opportune that Raúl Castro would take advantage of the new proximity with the Uncle Sam and amount the normatives implemented by Obama, as a sample of goodwill that secures the process of reestablishment of bilateral relationships among the two countries.

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